After losing to the Nashville Predators 2-1 last night, the Buffalo Sabres (17-8-4) returned home to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs (20-8).
After a scoreless first period, the Maple Leafs got on the board first seven minutes into the second thanks to a wrap around play by Auston Matthews. The Sabres tied it up with five minutes left of the second, as Nathan Beaulieu’s long shot from the blue line was tipped in ever so slightly by Sam Reinhart’s stick to tie the game at 1-1. However, with just ten seconds to go until the second intermission, Toronto scored again to take the lead 2-1.
In the opening three minutes of the third, the Sabres won the face off in Toronto territory. After a Jeff Skinners shot was blocked by the goalie, he tapped it to Rasmus Ristolainen who then found a loaded Jack Eichel on the near post. Eichel would rocket the puck into the net and tie the game 2-2. Eichel would then take advantage of a Maple Leaf turnover in the 13th minute of play in the third. He scored another goal with a wrist shot that beat Frederick Anderson glove side to put Buffalo up 3-2.
Toronto would have a quick response just two minutes later as they knotted the game up 3-3 on another wrap around goal. The game would go into overtime and it would almost go into a shootout. Unfortunately, Linus Ullmark got beat glove side on a shot with two seconds remaining in overtime which would lead to a 4-3 final and the Sabres fourth straight loss.
The next Sabres game will be on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies. Hopefully, Buffalo will bounce back against this team and right the ship. Go Sabres.